I don’t know about you, but it seems like for me the holiday season has always been about one thing…The FOOD! Now, don’t bet me wrong. I know the real reason for the season, but as far as celebrating goes, most of our traditions revolve around food. And I don’t mean the healthy ones. So as I begin to plan for the upcoming holiday season, I’m determined to make this year different.
I don’t want to sacrifice all of those things that I enjoy, including the flavors and scents of the holiday season. But I want to be able to enjoy and find a little more balance with everything. So here are the 5 ways I’ll be making this holiday different in an effort to stay on track!
1. Forget the food!
Okay, scratch that! But, remember it’s not JUST about the food. In fact, don’t make the food your main focus. Instead focus on spending time with others, actually DOING activities together, being grateful, and enjoying the TIME that you have.
2. Keep up your normal routine!
Okay, so I know the holiday season is CRAZY, but let’s be honest, life doesn’t just stop because it’s the holiday season. So, why would you let all the other parts of your normal routine go just because it’s the holidays. Continue to keep all of your other priorities in focus – getting a good workout in regularly, eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water…Don’t let the holiday season take over your life. Continue to live your normal routine and keep up with your healthy habits you’ve been working on all year long.
3. Relax a little!
With all of the busyness of the season, it’s easy to get caught up in ll things holiday and get overly stressed. Don’t! Instead take advantage of the bit of downtime you get during the holidays and relax a little. Likewise, don’t feel guilty about indulging in one holiday meal or dessert. Instead, enjoy it and the get right back on track the next day!
4. Remember your veggies!
Inevitably we are all eating more dense foods (both digestively and calorically) throughout the holiday season. Veggies can really help to offset that, though! Adding extra veggies in is a great way to add a lot more volume into a dish and help you feel like you’re eating more without really consuming that many more calories. Plus, they’re loaded with water, fiber, and nutrients, so they’ll give your body everything it needs to keep things regular, help reduce bloat, and provide you with the energy you need for all of those holiday festivities!
5. Be present!
We can all get so caught up in the “what ifs”, “I need tos”, and “to-dos” that we end up blowing through the holidays without actually taking any time to enjoy the season. Instead of letting that be you this year, focus on being present in the moment. By doing so, you’ll have a much happier and healthier holiday and actually get to enjoy the spirit of the season!
Those are just a few simple ways I plan to make this holiday season different and stay on track during this challenging time of year! If you could use more tips on how to navigate the holidays healthily, send me an email and let’s chat, or if you’d like to get plug in with some extra accountability for this time of year, fill out the form below, and I’ll be in touch with details on my next accountability group! Cheers to a happy, healthy holiday season!